MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – The Bibb County School District is preparing for a safe school year, especially with transportation. School officials added cameras to the outside of school buses.
“We have on record, documented well over 100 violations per day,” said school district transportation director, Anthony Jackson.
Jackson says some drivers just can’t wait and feel the need to pass a school bus when it’s making a drop-off.
“That is easily the most dangerous time of a trip to school, is during the loading and unloading process,” said Jackson.
The school district is adding a camera box to 53 school buses before the new school starts. The box has 5 cameras, 3 on one side and 2 on the other.
Jackson says as soon as the bus turns on, so do the cameras. The camera company records everything.
“Each stop event is flagged. Beginning and end,” said Jackson. “So when the information is downloaded with the footage for possible violations, they’re able to identify exactly what time stamp they need to approach.”
If the company thinks there’s a violation, they send that information to the Bibb County Sheriff’s Office. The first violation is $300 and goes up to $1000.
Bus drivers can solely focus on the students, because now they have an extra set of eyes helping them out on the road.
“They never really have to concern themselves with recording license plate number of vehicles that are violating because it’s all being captured,” said Jackson. “So the driver will never have to report a violation.”
Jackson says these additions will hopefully help bring awareness and keep students safe.
“All of a sudden with these boxes on the side of the bus. The yellow bus is a lot yellower,” said Jackson. “The bright red lights are getting the drivers attention because we know that this is there now.”
Since there are about 200 school buses in the district, the first 53 cameras will be put on the buses that have been passed illegally before. Jackson says they don’t know when exactly they’ll add more, but it is in the works.